In addition to being a regional hub for medical care in South Texas, San Antonio is increasingly recognized as a national center for bioscience research and innovation. The city’s vibrant research community is discovering and developing new treatments, vaccines and prevention techniques for some of mankind’s most challenging and complex diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as bio-threat agents like smallpox, Ebola and tularemia.
Research is the fuel that drives bioscience industry growth, and in San Antonio it springs from three distinct, but collaborative, sources: academia/non-profits, the military, and the private sector. The first two sources are profiled below. For the private sector, see the “Bioscience Firms” section of our website.
San Antonio’s science-rich atmosphere has spawned a variety of biomedical enterprises. Among them are several major, established companies with marketed pharmaceutical products or medical devices, as well as a leading contract development and manufacturing organization. The city is also home to a growing number of emerging startup firms developing product pipelines for future commercialization.